Posts tagged "Politics"

Please don't let the bad of society overshadow the good

I try to be optimistic. I try to assume that things will be turn out okay. I even tried to believe that when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. I knew there would be bad things that would happen, but I felt that we as a society would survive it. But every... Read more »

Beyond 1984: A Trump-inspired dystopian reading list

Beyond 1984: A Trump-inspired dystopian reading list
The book 1984 by George Orwell has been at the top of the Amazon best seller list for days. The interest in 1984 is so high that print copies are currently sold out. It seems the inauguration of Donald Trump has quite a few people thinking in dystopian terms. This inspired a friend to ask on Facebook... Read more »

Bracing for President Trump with thoughts on hope from Vaclav Havel

Bracing for President Trump with thoughts on hope from Vaclav Havel
As we enter the era of  President Donald Trump, who I expect will be one of my least favorite world leaders (Go ahead an prove me wrong, DT!), I reflect on a quote from on of my favorite world leaders, Vaclav Havel. Havel was a dissident playwright who became President of Czechoslovakia and then of the Czech... Read more »
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A letter to Santa from Trump's America

Dear Santa, We’ve been naughty. We elected a woman-degrading, racist-appeasing, megalomaniac to be President of the United States. There are many reasons this happened some understandable, some vile. I wouldn’t blame you for removing the United States from your Christmas Eve flight plan altogether this year, but just in case you decide we are worthy of... Read more »

Donald Trump makes it hard to write about my ass

Because I devote my October blog posts to Halloween, anything else I think about writing during that time gets tabled until November, but since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election (Electoral College only, but sadly that’s what counts) most of my existing blog post ideas seem inappropriately frivolous compared to the impending threats to civil rights... Read more »

40 things to do on Election Day in the U.S.

40 things to do on Election Day in the U.S.
It’s election day in the United States. If you already voted, thank you. Consider helping others get to to the polls today. If, however, you are eligible vote and have not yet done so I have a few things for you to do today: Vote. Vote even if you know your candidate will win. Nothing... Read more »
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Brexit lesson for the US: Your vote matters

The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in what is commonly called the Brexit  referendum vote. No matter what your opinion on Leave versus Remain, there is a big lesson here: Your vote matters. Learn from the mistake of this Leave voter on BBC News who assumed his vote wouldn’t count: If you... Read more »

Song for a canceled Trump rally: "Tiny Hands, Sir"

My friend Old Single Mom went to the Donald Trump Rally in Chicago that was canceled. You should read her incredible observations from the event. One of the things she notes is this: A bunch of Trump supporters sang in unison to Elton John’s “Rocket Man” – and then blanked on the lyrics of “Tiny Dancer.”... Read more »

Chicago Voters Blindly Affirm "Legally Insane" Cynthia Brim, Demonstrating Why Judges Shouldn't Be on the Ballot

Many people in Chicago are reveling in the re-election of our hometown president, but there are other election results that should not fill our city with such pride. Nationally people have questioned how Jesse Jackson, Jr. managed to be re-elected, but our city has a less publicized embarrassment in our election results, Cynthia Brim. Every election Chicagoans... Read more »
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Akin and Mourdock Lose: It's "God's Will" That The Idea of "Legitimate Rape" Has Been Shut Down

Both Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock have lost after making highly offensive comments about rape.  Both men had previously been favored to win. Both states are otherwise “red.” Did a few statements about rape, pregnancy and abortion lose them their elections? I hope so. Is it right to lose an election based on a few... Read more »